Dr. Brenda C. Youngblood
(Board term expires 2020)
Phone: (314) 953-5203
Education has always been an important part of Dr. Brenda Youngblood’s life. Following graduation from the Kansas City, Missouri Public School District, she attended Central Missouri State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in counseling education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in special education from Saint Louis University.
She began her teaching career in District 189, East St. Louis. In 1972, she became a guidance counselor at Russell Elementary School after moving into HSD. She worked at Walker Elementary School, followed by the Hazelwood Drug/Alcohol Education Program.
In 1986, she became a principal, a position she would hold for 22 years. She served at Keeven and McCurdy elementary schools. In June 2009, she retired from the District. She teaches on the graduate faculty as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University and works with other administrators in the Missouri Schools Improvement Grant Program.
Some of her accomplishments include - Area coordinator of nine Missouri chapters for Phi Delta Kappa; chair, St. Louis Principals’ Academy; faculty member, Harvard University Summer Institute for Principals; presenter at five national conferences; St. Louis American newspaper’s Salute to Excellence award winner; Metropolitan Saint Louis Alliance of Black School Educators award winner; Iota Phi Lambda’s Apple for the Teacher award winner; and recipient of three international travel scholarships. Youngblood was recently elected chairwoman of the Special School District governing council.
She has a global perspective regarding education, having traveled to 38 countries on 6 continents; visiting with students, staff, and administrators in several of these nations.
She holds the belief that excellence in education encompasses an attitude, a philosophy, and a set of behaviors. It is a progression of deliberate steps that cannot be rushed. It takes determination of being and staying focused without succumbing to trivia or seductive whelms of mediocrity. Through acquisition and application, excellence in education is depicted when students ongoingly demonstrate mastery and going far beyond basic standards and expectations.
She has two adult children and five grandchildren.